Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities in Public Libraries Online

Turning Outward
by Eva Poole 
May 7, 2013

This past January, I was privileged to be invited by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan and Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels to travel to Chicago and participate with twenty-four other library leaders, in an initiative called “The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities.”

With funding to ALA from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), partnering with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, this first phase of a multiphase initiative was planned to accomplish two things: (1) develop a sustainable national plan to advance community engagement and innovation and (2) transform the role of libraries in their communities.

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